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Environmental Commitment

At Grassmoor we take our impact on the environment seriously, and since we became the owners of in 2017 we have made several changes.

1 / Laundry and Cleaning

To help improve local water quality, and meet our commitments to those who choose to be Vegetarian, Vegan as well as those who may suffer from allergies or sensitive skin we use BioD products – it’s all natural with no petrochemicals, phosphates, preservatives, enzymes or synthetic perfumes, approved by BUAV and The Vegan Society, and comes in both recycled and recyclable 5 litre bottles to reduce our use of plastics – it’s also made in the UK, high 5.

We do all our laundry in-house, meaning we can guarantee what we’re doing. The majority of BnBs use a Laundry service and whilst these claim to have environmentally friendly targets, you can never be more confident than when you do it yourself.

2 / Plastics

To help reduce the pressures of plastic on the environment both on a global and local level we are trying to remove as much plastic packaging from Grassmoor as possible. Some things are more difficult than others and sourcing alternatives does take time but, we’re making excellent progress.

In the last 18 months we’ve made the following changes:

  • Organic porridge oats packed in paper,
  • Milk is delivered by local milkman Steve in glass bottles
  • Glass milk bottles in guest fridges
  • Plastic-free Tea bags
  • Paper sanitary bags
  • Cardboard Cotton buds
  • Homemade Granola
  • Golden Syrup in tins
  • Plastic Free toilet paper from ‘Who Gives A Crap’
  • Homemade Yoghurt
  • Bread bought in paper bags
  • Homemade Jams with fruit from the local market

There are still changes we want to make and the recent launch of Keswicks monthly Plastic Free market is a huge help towards this goal.

3/ Fairtrade, organic, rainforest alliance etc

All our in-room drinks are Fairtrade, and where possible we’ve switched to Organic too, because we like to keep things as natural as possible. During breakfast service we use coffee that is Rainforest Alliance.

FairTrade guarantees a minimum price for the produce such as Tea, coffee, chocolate etc, but Rainforest Alliance seeks to empower and educate producers and communities on issues from more sustainable and environmentally beneficial methods of farming as well as equipping producers with the skills to negotiate a fair price for their own produce. By using products that are part of both schemes we aim to be as broad in our positive impact as possible.

4 / Charitable products

Where possible we are using suppliers that have an association with charitable causes.

Who Gives A Crap donate 50% of their profits to 5 charities helping build toilets for those without basic sanitation, educating women and girls, helping improve health care for mothers and babies and bringing clean water to communities all across Africa.

New Kings Coffee (who supply our coffee bags) support a charity called ‘Grounds for health’ which helps prevent cervical cancer in the coffee growing regions of the world

Our main supplier of ‘all things hospitality’ supports a charity called ‘World Vision’ which aims to improve maternal healthcare and give better access to clean water and better sanitation, as well as helping to train midwives.

By staying with us at Grassmoor you are directly helping donate to these charitable causes and you are helping improve the lives of people in the developing world.